Desalination isn’t the magic bullet, Water Authority warns Israelis

In the 5th year of a devastating drought, new campaign reminds Israelis to save water even though the country is no longer dependent on the rains Actress Renana Raz in the latest Water Authority public service announcements encouraging Israelis to save water, released on May 22, 2018. As the international community marks the UN’s World Environment Day on Tuesday, the Israel Water Authority has a pointed message for Israeli residents: You still have to save water, even if we have desalination plants.

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Five Outrageous Ways the Federal Government Has Wasted Your Money (Pt. II)

The federal government is no stranger to out-of-control spending. The national debt has now reached a startling $21 trillion!

That’s not all: Congress recently passed an omnibus spending package that will cost $1.3 trillion. But wasteful federal spending doesn’t stop there.

The federal government has misused your money on various pet projects, both large and small, over the years. It’s time to expose this waste.

Read on to discover five more absurd examples of government waste, as described in Sen. Jeff Flake’s 2017 Wastebook report.

$1.5 Million Spent Studying Fish on Treadmills 

University of California – San Diego study spent a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to measure the endurance of mudskipper and bluegill fish on a treadmill.

Sounds like a fishy use of taxpayer funds!

While the National Science Foundation regularly gives grants to universities for research purposes, that taxpayer-funded research is best when it has some tangible benefit for the American people who pay for it.

$1.7 Million Spent on a Comedy Club Featuring Dead Comedian Holograms

The U.S. Department of Commerce spent $1.7 million to help construct a comedy museum in Jamestown, New York that will “resurrect” dead comedians – from Lucille Ball to George Carlin – in the form of holograms.

The holograms will perform in a basement bar for visitors of the National Comedy Center, as a way to attract tourists to Jamestown.

While tourists might chuckle at the holographic comedians, the $1.7 million bill for the project on the taxpayer’s dime is no laughing matter.

$3 Million Spent Studying the Jaws Theme and People’s Perception of Sharks 

In 2016, taxpayers funded a $3 million National Science Foundation grant to study the public’s fear of sharks in relation to the Jaws theme song and music played during documentaries.

Researches noted, “this study specifically highlights the need to raise the public’s awareness of the effect of background music in shark documentaries in hope that it would decrease the extent by which they are affected by it.”

With federal debt soaring, the feds should work to be better stewards of our tax dollars and ensure that every research project funded is a worthwhile use of those dollars. Spending $3 million to study the Jaws theme’s impact on shark perception is not.

The Department of Defense Spent $2.4 Million to Learn How to Get More “Likes” on Social Media  

The Department of Defense funded a $2.4 million study to “counter misinformation or deception campaigns with truthful information,” as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Social Media in Strategic Communications program.

The researchers examined 1.1 randomly selected photos on Instagram and analyzed numbers of follower on social media accounts.

More than $2 million is a hefty price tag for taxpayers to spend on research that could (and has) easily been done by private groups.  

$3.4 Million Spent on Hamster Cage Matches  

Over the past twenty years, the National Institutes of Health has spent $3.4 million studying aggression and anxiety in more than 1,000 male hamsters.

The study, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, involves pitting juvenile male hamsters against each other at Northeastern University in Boston.

Much like a hamster wheel, our national debt continues to spin out of control. It’s time for the federal government to stop wasteful spending on pet projects and use our hard-earned tax dollars in a more responsible manner.

While many of these examples may seem funny, wasteful spending is no joke.

The federal government has spent millions of your hard-earned tax dollars over the years on pointless projects, and the cost borne by current and future taxpayers only continues to grow.

Tell Congress to stop wasting our hard-earned tax dollars and cut wasteful and egregious spending as they write the FY 2019 spending bills.

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Final Act In This Year’s Farm Bill Fight Offers Food Stamps Recipients Brief Reprieve

With an artificial deadline threatening to undermine their campaign to cut food stamps, House conservatives tried on Thursday to force Senate Democrats to push the cutoff date for a farm bill compromise to the end of January. The rationale behind the …

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BMG, Distributor of Controversial German Rappers, Launches Campaign Against Anti-Semitism

Germany-based music company BMG — distributor of releases by controversial rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang, whose lyrics many consider to be anti-semitic — today announced a campaign against “a growing wave of anti-Semitism in Germany” with a new …

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Jeb Bladine: Memories from a half-century ago

Tuesday, it will have been exactly 50 years since Bobby Kennedy was assassinated at a presidential campaign appearance in California. I don’t remember where I was when I heard the news, but for me, it had an oversize influence in a year of high-impact events.

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50 years after RFK’s death, legacy endures

For 12 weeks he traveled the country, up and down the coasts, to Indiana the day Martin Luther King Jr. was killed; to Nebraska, where he won a vital primary in a devoutly conservative state; to Oregon, where he suffered the first political loss by any member of his family; and then to California, where he vowed to go on to the Democratic convention “and let’s win there,” only to walk through a hotel kitchen where it all – the campaign against a long war, the campaign for a new sense of national purpose – tumbled to an end with an outstretched arm and spray of gunfire.

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Mo-Sen: The primary is heating up – Sarah Palin has endorsed, and there’s a bit of drama

Former Vice Presidential Candidate and Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin has endorsed a candidate in Missouri’s GOP primary for U.S. Senate.

Ya don’t say?

Retired bomber pilot Tony Monetti has earned the nod from Palin, who will campaign for him in Kansas City on June 27. A public rally will be held along with a VIP fundraiser, which Monetti says is “a game changer” for his campaign.

Monetti told TheBlaze, “So many [of our supporters] want signs, and we can’t afford to make them fast enough.” He said, “I had one supporter say, ‘I don’t have a lot of money, but I’ll paint signs and put them in my neighbors’ yards.”

But Palin’s endorsement is expected to breathe extra life into Monetti’s campaign.

How did that happen?

Tony’s wife, Penny, has always loved Sarah Palin. So after Palin posted on her website that Tony’s announcement release was the “best campaign video of all time,” an introduction was in order.

Penny flew to meet with Palin and told her about Tony’s initiatives.

In the campaign video, Monetti says, “I don’t know about you, but I’m just sick and tired of what’s going on in D.C.,” all while he’s flying (mostly upside-down) in a single engine Extra 300.

“I’m willing to do it, but I need your help,” Monetti tells his audience in the video. He told TheBlaze, “We’re moving hearts and minds, but we need more money.”

I have to report this:

Monetti’s campaign manager, Jonica Hope, was arrested last week for allegations of falsifying a sworn statement. Hope evidently admitted to a charge of fraudulent use of a credit device a few years ago, and failed to report it when she was signing up to run for the Christian County Republican Committee.

Under advisement by her attorneys, Hope was not able to speak about the situation. But Monetti told TheBlaze in laughter, “We are the basket of deplorables, after all. We’re a ragtag team but we’re all heart and we’re going to win.”

 

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Farmworker Campaign Heads to Wendy’s Headquarters. Will the Fast-Food Giant Finally Listen?

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers will rally at Wendy’s annual shareholder meeting in Ohio to demand the company join its fair labor initiative. Protesters hold up their signs at a march in support of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Lakeland, Florida, April 18, 2010.

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